Department of Family and Community Medicine Research

The Clinical and Community Research Unit of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Wake Forest School of Medicine is engaged in several research programs, including:
  • Occupational and environmental health
  • Integrative medicine
  • Sports medicine
  • Gerontology and aging
  • Clinical research
  • Education research

Our mission is to provide scientific leadership for the department and the broader disciplines of family medicine and population health. This mission is accomplished through:

  • Conducting research on the etiology and determinants of disease.
  • Community-engaged interventions for the promotion of healthy lifestyles.
  • Dissemination of knowledge to community residents, community practitioners and clinicians.

Research Goals

  • Sustain a holistic approach to population health to include mental health, physical health, environmental justice, social determinants of health and health equity.
  • Maintain a comprehensive portfolio of community-engaged and clinical research with a focus on primary and secondary prevention, clinical effectiveness and population health.
  • Expand our community-engaged and clinical research portfolio to include health services, econometric and dissemination and implementation research.

Research Programs

The department’s research programs indicate the broad spectrum of concerns within family and community medicine and health.

Educational Research
Committed to providing opportunities for educational research. These efforts reflect the diverse concerns and opportunities within the family and community medicine environment.

Occupational and Environmental Health 
The occupational and environmental health research program offered through the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Wake Forest School of Medicine leads research projects focused on farmworkers, poultry workers, and work and family issues.

Physical Activity and Sports Medicine 
The research section of the Family and Community Medicine department at Wake Forest School of Medicine is well-positioned to tackle important questions relating to health and exercise.